South Africa Essentials
Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive at Johannesburg Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Johannesburg.
Day 2: Johannesburg
Day free at leisure to explore Johannesburg or relax at your hotel. Overnight Johannesburg. (See optional tours).
Day 3: Johannesburg
Transfer to meeting point for tour briefing by tour leader. Overnight Johannesburg.
Day 4: Mpumalanga
Depart for Mpumalanga. Travel along the circular Panarama Route via Graskop, visit Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa, God’s Window, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. Dinner and overnight Hazyview.
Day 5: Kruger National Park
Transfer to explore the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle, the National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel. (Optional open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park). Overnight Hazyview.
Day 6: Swaziland
Check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before arriving at the hotel. Overnight Swaziland.
Day 7: Zululand
Journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping enroute for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Continue into the kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life. Overnight St Lucia.
Day 8: Durban
Time for relaxation or an optional St Lucia Boat Cruise before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city center orientation tour, including a stop at the famous Indian Market. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight Durban.
Day 9: Drakensburg Mountains
Head into the majestic Drakensburg Mountains. Day at leisure soaking up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking, playing bowls or tennis and even horse back riding in clean mountain air. Dinner and overnight Drakensburg.
Day 10: Transkei Coast
Depart for the wild untamed coast of the Transkei. Continue towards the coast via Umtata to visit the area where South Africa’s most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. Continue to your coastal hotel. Dinner and overnight Umtata.
Day 11: East London
Spend the morning taking in more of the magnificent scenery before continuing south to East London, the only river port in South Africa. Overnight East London.
Day 12: Port Elizabeth
Travel through East London for a short orientation city tour. Continue through “Settler Country” via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Port Elizabeth.
Day 13: Knysna
Continue towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the bridge over the Strom’s River offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna mid afternoon, Overnight Knysna.
Day 14: Knysna
Travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Cape Town
Travel to Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. Overnight Cape Town.
Day 16: Cape Town
Enjoy a day of leisure in the “Mother City” and a visit to the Victoria &Alfred Waterfront is recommended. (Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available). Overnight Cape Town.
Day 17: Departure
Morning free at leisure. Transfer to Cape Town airport for your return flight.
After your extensive tour of South Africa, why not take a few days to relax on the beaches of Cape Town. Cape Town occupies one of the most stunning locations in the world, nestled under the slopes of Table Mountain and ringed by beaches bathed in clear waters, this city is full of fascinating history combined with an exciting cosmopolitan culture. Please ask for details.
Optional Tours from Johanessburg
- Rebirth of a Nation Tour (Half Day).
- Soweto Tour – The Hector Peterson memorial, Apartheid Museum (Full or Half Day).
- Lesedi African Experience- Guided tour through traditional homesteads of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi and Sotho villages, song and dance performance, traditional African dinner feast (Evening Tour).
- Sun City and Pilansberg Nature Reserve (Full day).
- Gold Reef Heritage Tour (Half Day).
Optional Tours from Cape Town
- Winelands Tour (Half or Full day).
- Topless” Cape Town Tour (Full day).
- Table Mountain and City Tour (Half Day).
- Cape Point Tour (Full or Half Day).
Price from EUR per person twin sharing. Single Supplement from EUR
Flights Larnaca to Johannesburg and Cape Town to Larnaca with Emirates via Dubai
Accommodation and meals as per Itinerary.
Transport in suitable luxury air conditioned vehicle.
Experienced tour guide and driver.
Entrance fees, conservation fees, sightseeing as per itinerary.
Domestic flights (where applicable)
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Departure Dates 2018 / 2019
Departure Times Selected Mondays
Rosebank Hotel ± 07h30 Collection times vary subject to hotel collection route
Languages: Bilingual – English & German Other language guides available on request if booked on a private basis
Participants: 2-26 per vehicle
Accommodation: 3*-4* Hotels
Vehicle: Luxury Sedan, Minibus or Coach
Includes Meals: 15 Breakfasts; 5 Dinners
Blyde River Canyon; Bourkes Luck Potholes; Wonder View; Kruger National Park conservation fee; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park conservation fee; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park open safari vehicle morning game drive; River Cruise; Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge); Ostrich Farm; Cango Caves; Brandy Tasting; Stellenbosch Walking Tour; Taal Monument and the Drakenstein Centre
Optional Tours En Route:
Afternoon tour of Johannesburg City
Game drives in an open safari vehicle in Kruger National Park
2hr Boat Cruise and game viewing on the St Lucia Estuary
Full day tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Elephant Park in Knysna;
Full day tour of Cape Point
Morning tour of Cape Town City and a visit up Table Mountain
4 Star Hotels and private game Lodges
as per itinerary or similar
• Average summer day temperature ranges between 28°C to 36°C
• In winter temperatures can drop below 5°C up to 19 to 23° C
• Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (Cape Town and surrounds)
• Spring - September to November Summer - December to February
Autumn - March to May Winter - June to August
• Warm and drizzly summers (December to March)
• Cool and dry winters (April to November)
• Average summer day temperatures 35°C
• November to March is rainy season
• Average summer day temperatures range between 24°C to 27°C
• October to February is rainy season
• Okavango Delta is generally at its highest flood levels from June to August
WHAT TO WEAR
• During summer, take light clothes and an umbrella for summer thunder showers. The evenings can be cooler so bring a sweater or light jacket along
• During winter, long sleeves, jerseys and jackets are needed and an umbrella if you’re visiting the Cape during our winter months
• As a general guide, comfortable, casual and semi-casual wash and wear clothes are recommended
• Please note that bright colours are not suitable for game viewing. Game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon which can be very cold, especially in winter, please pack warm clothing for cold days
• Camouflage-patterned clothing is not permitted in Zimbabwe; this applies to any clothing that can be construed as mimicking military-wear
• One standard set of luggage, comprising of one suitcase and one overnight bag per person is allowed
Zimbabwe & Botswana Safaris
• As you will be travelling in vehicles and small aircraft with limited luggage capacity, your luggage is required to be packed in a soft bag (no hard suitcases will be allowed) weighing a maximum of 15kg (33lbs) in Zimbabwe and 20kg (44 lbs) in Botswana per person
• Most shops are open from 09h00 to 18h00 Monday to Saturday and on Sundays until 13h00
• Most major cities boast magnificent Flea Markets over weekends
• The currency unit in South Africa is the Rand - denoted by the symbol R Rand (R) = 100 cents
• Most banks are open Monday to Friday 09h00 to 15h30 and Saturday from 08h30 to 11h00
• Various teller machines (ATM’s) are found in every large town. Several international banks have branches in the main cities. The banks and the Bureau de change at most airports offer the best exchange rates, but it is also possible to change money at the hotel reception
• We recommend that guests do not use their credit cards for purchases within Zimbabwe and suggest that cash in US Dollars or Euro be used
• Tap water is drinkable in most areas tourist guides will point out specific areas whilst on tour
• Smoking is banned in public areas in South Africa
• Smoking is not allowed in the touring vehicles or the safari vehicles but regular stops can be arranged
• Most restaurants have designated smoking and non-smoking areas; either ventilated indoor areas or outdoor open areas
• Lock valuables and luggage away while travelling and never leave handbags on vehicle seats
• Be vigilant of your belongings and never leave them unattended
• Limit the amount of money you carry on you
• Do not accept offers of assistance at ATM’s and keep your pin numbers secure
TIPPING / PORTERAGE
• In restaurants or bars, 10%-15% is the accepted gratuity standard which is payable directly when the meal on tour is for your own account
• Gratuities for tourist guides and other staff are not included in the tour package price. A gratuiety guideline is available on request
• Porterage is not included in the tour package price hotel porters usually expect a tip of R10 or R20 per porter service
• Choose an airline that is committed to sustainable aviation
• Learn a few words of the local language so you know what’s considered polite in terms of eating, greeting, and local values
• Appropriate behaviour by travellers helps ensure local communities continue to be hospitable and friendly
• Respect others people’s cultures and avoid imposing your beliefs always ask permission before taking pictures of people, especially women and children, ritual events or special places like shrines
• Ask locals for advice on how to respond to begging and about appropriate gifts
• Recycle waste whilst on holiday
• Adhere to the hotel or lodge’s water or energy conservation policies
• Travelling light will reduce your carbon footprint by a large amount
• Accentuating the gap between rich and poor, extravagant displays of wealth such as ostentatious jewellery and technological gadgetry can be an incitement to robbery. Please bear this in mind when deciding what to take with you, and avoid taking unnecessary valuables
• The most important point about climate change and travel is that individual choices are the major factor in contributing to global emissions from tourism Each one of us, therefore, has a responsibility to reduce his or her carbon footprint by making informed choices and changing our habits
• Buy locally made crafts and support local skills. Buy them preferably from the craftsman to ensure your money goes to the artist and not to the middle man
• Never feed or bait animals to lure them closer and never try to get too close to an animal unless accompanied by a tourist guide
• Weight is measured in grams and kilograms
• Liquids are measured in litres
• Temperature is measured in degrees Celsius (10°C = 50° F)
• 220/230 volts AC
• All electrical appliances run on 220 volts with 3 pin outlets and 15-amp plugs
• Special adapters for video cameras, chargers and hairdryers are required as it is not guaranteed that all hotels would be able to provide them